Worcester Warriors have defeated the Leicester Tiger for the first time at Welford Road in over 122 years. Alafoti Faosiliva and Josh Adams started on a brilliant note for the Warriors but then Mike Fitzgerald and Joe Ford gave the Tigers a boost. Jack Singleton tried extending the Warrior’s lead after the break and then Ryan Mills’ try took the dream further before Gareth Owen’s try cut the lead.
Owen scored with minutes left but it was not enough to stop the Warriors. The team is excited to break the jinx and get their second win in eight days but it came at the cost of GJ van Velze, who might have broken his rib. Continue reading →
Leicester Tigers have obtained a lot of silverware in their playing career and the last weekend the under 18s of the club gained the national champion title to make the club proud. The team had a good season as they were able to retain their unbeaten position in the league campaign. The Gloucester team faced defeat for the first time this season in their hands. The decisive game took place last Sunday.
The performance was a showpiece where the Under 18s Leicester Tigers destroyed the Gloucester team’s chances. It was akin to how the team had performed back in 2007 in the Premiership Finals or when the adult team had won over the Saints in 2013 at Twickenham. This is the third trophy that gets added to the Tiger’s collections as well as accolades of being Anglo Welsh cup holders and winners of Super Series Division One wheelchair rugby. Continue reading →
Stockport County has received a well-needed boost with the announcement that their former chairman Spencer Fearn has agreed to write off their debt. It is believed that Stockport County owed him an amount ranging from £350 000 to £400 000.
Fearn has stated that he believes that the club is in good hands and is on the road to improve hence this gesture.
Richard Park, the Stockport County has declared that they are indebted to Spencer Fearn and that this gesture is a positive one that will help put the club back on track. Indeed, the club currently has a debt that is believed to be £1m.
Spencer Fearn first got involved with Stockport County in 2011 and invested a considerable amount of money to keep the club afloat. At this time, the club was on the brink of administration and only fresh funds have kept the club alive.
There are also improvements on the pitch as well with Stockport County winning five of the last six games. This has boosted their chances of getting a play-off spot which should be considered as a miracle, given their troubles off the pitch.
Stockport County has also signed Bury defender, Marcus Poscha on loan. A graduate of Bury’s youth academy, Poscha will certainly help improve the defense of a club that is pushing to get a place in the play-offs. He was the captain of the youth team that won the league title last season but has not been able to break into the first team.
A loan to Stockport County can be a win-win situation for both parties. Poscha will be having much needed playing time at Stockport and on the other hand the club will be receiving the service of a quality defender to help them at a crucial time of the season.
The manager of Stockport County, Alan Lord believes that the upcoming FA Cup final qualifying round against Chester FC will be a great match not only for his squad of players but also for the fans as the manager is expecting the game to be intense and tightly contested between both clubs.
Lord said: “I think it’s a great draw for us; there will be a big crowd and, for whatever reason, there’s always a bit of rivalry between the two clubs so we couldn’t ask for anything better.
“Chester has got a decent-sized profile, they have recruited well over the summer and, although they didn’t start their season the best, they are getting some results now. They have a great manager in Steve Burr so; all in all, it will be a great cup tie for the fans. It will be a tough game but, if you ask Steve and the people at Chester, they will think it’s going to be a tough game as well’’
Alan Lord had nothing but praise towards their approaching opponents in the FA Cup which is currently competing in a higher division of the football structure.
The match is going to be played on October 25 with £12,500 on the line as the winner receives that cash injection that will surely benefit the club.
Stockport County has recently implemented a new change in their matches in their home turf as they placed a sort of a container in the stadium where fans and supporters of the club will be able to donate money at their own discretion.
According to the chairman of Stockport County, John Fitzpatrick said that every single penny counts and the results from these donations will be seen on the stadium as upgrades are going to be done.
After two defeats in the last four matches, Stockport County returned to form with a convincing 3-0 win over Lowestoft Town in front of the home supporters. Keen on building this form, manager Alan Lord has challenged his players to perform a repeat of the same when they take on Hednesford Town this weekend. Stockport County have been going through a mediocre form that sees them mid-table in the conference table. After a similar run in last campaign, the team finished comfortably without any possible threat of relegation, while play-off places also appeared to have eluded them a long time ago.
Lord is aware that a repeat of the same could be on the cards if his players do not produce performances consistently. The lack of consistency has been seen in the latest round of results. After a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Guiseley, Stockport County went on to win the next two matches against Tamworth and Bradford Park. However, the defence of the team has been criticised during this period, as they have failed to consistently keep clean sheets. It once again reared its ugly head in the previous away match against Stalybridge Celtic. Stockport were 3-0 down in the match even before half-time and it was only the late goals that gave the scoreline a respectable look.
“I think we’re getting a bit more cohesion in the team now the lads are getting used to each other’s style of play. However, that might change because, with the injuries and suspensions we’ve got, we have to consider whether that’s the formation for the foreseeable future. We’ve got a development squad game on Thursday so what I intend to do is play the first-team squad members who haven’t had some serious game time under the belts,” said the Stockport County boss.
The summer transfer window will remain opened until August 6 and clubs from different league around the globe are reinforcing their respective squads with new players and the Sporting Director of the Seattle Sounders, Chris Henderson laid out some of the conditions that his club is situated in as he went on talking about the recently concluded World Cup where he took the chance to scout for young talent but stated as well that the club does not have a huge budget to spend.
Chris Henderson explained to reporters: “There’s a few guys that we watched at the World Cup. Whether we have enough money to make it work without using all of our allocation money, because we need to make sure that we look at the long term as well and balance it out, not use it all in one year. I think there’s a couple players that we followed, but most of the guys are going to be out of our range with having three DPs here already.”
The World Cups have always been a stage where players can display their abilities representing their nations and one of the standout performers for the 2014 World Cup was the Colombian James Rodriguez who made his presence felt by everyone and Real Madrid signed him for a transfer fee in the region of €60 million. A player that attracted the attention of the Sporting Director, Chris Henderson was the Costa Rican player Jose Miguel Cubero and he has even been recently linked with a move to Seattle Sounder but no official bid or offer has been made.
Jose Miguel Cubero is a box-to-box midfielder that is being viewed as a player that can reinforce the squad in various aspects of the squad and if things fall into the correct place, he might be joining the Seattle Sounders before the transfer window reaches its end in August.